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EMBROIDERY

CONTENTS

Two commissions

A family heirloom

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KATHLEEN WHYTE 40

ELIZABETH BISHOP 42

Schiffii machine embroidery

RUTH ELSEY 44

Suffolk puffs

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Trees- a personal approach

SIA MARTIN 47

72 Design

AUDREY TUCKER 50

Designing for patchwork

ARNOLD and DOROTHEA NlELD 53 Decorative ideas for dress

JUNE TILEY 54

Gambian embroidery today

FLORENCE GALLOWAY a nd

MARIO FOON 57

Books

© 1972 The Embroiderers' Guild

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Published quarterly by THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD

Founded 1906 73 Wimpole Street, London

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VOLUME 23 UMBER 2

VOLUME XXIII NUMBER 2 SUMMER 1972

THE 72 EXHIBITIO of Embroidery at the Commonwealth Institute will be an introduction to the Embroiderers' Guild for many people. Some of the exhibitors joined the Guild as a re ult of one of its previous major exhibitions, so what has the Guild to offer to you who have been attracted by what you have seen?

First of all, it is open to all who are interested in embroidery and lace. So you will find all kinds of people from all over the world among the members.

The Guild's Headquarter is in London, but a list of its branches and associated ocieties is given on the front inside cover. The branch secretary in your area will be pleased to tell you about activities which are very varied. At Headquarter there is a programme of day schools, talks and discus ions, arranged to cover topics most in demand.

The ervices of the Guild's technical experts are always sought after. Members may call at Headquarters for advice or write. The staff answer all kinds of queries during a day's work from simple questions like 'What kind of wool should I use for my chair seats?' or 'We are going to make kneelers for our church. Can you tell us how to et about it ?' to more difficult que tions such as 'Where can I get hold of a double headed! Coroelly machine ?'.

The Guild is unique in offering the loan of histo ric and present day embroiderie to its members in portfolios which can be collected or sent through the post. Any member may borrow up to three portfolios each year, paying only the postage and each portfolio may be kept for up to fourteen clear days. This privilege is especially appreciated by those who rarely have an opportunity to see work in exhibi tions and also by teachers who know how much handling actual examples helps their students.

The most precious items in the Guild's collections a re kept at Headquarter where they may be een by appointment and also in frequent exhibiti ons. The main collection includes piece from all over the world and an illustrated catalogue, price 75p is available. Gifts are always being received by the Guild, many from donors who want to find a home for their treasures where they know they will be cared for and appreciated.

The library contain book of all kinds, including many important works now out of print a well as the most recent book . Some of the big collection of booklets are of special interest because they provide some invaluable technical information. All but a few rare books may be borrowed by post and the Librarian will be pleased to suggest books for a particular need . The Guild also keeps stocks of all books on embroidery, lace and a llied subjects which are in print and both members and nonmembers are welcome to ee them.

For tho e who are be itant about de ign, there is a stock of transfers and charts for many kind of embroidery, including church work and these too are available to non-members. In addition to tbi magazine, Embroidery, the Guild publishes a se ries of leaflets on various subjects, planned as an introduction to various types of embroidery with beginners very much in mind.

There i always something to see at the Embroiderers' Guild Headquarters, both regular exhibition listed in the six-monthly programme and a con tantly changing show of work by members, including the 62 Group. This is a group within the Guild which admits members by selection and holds regular exhibitions. Its members include many well-known names and al o men and women stra ight from college.

ON THE COVER A fragment of Balkan embroidery, actual size, from the Embroiderers' Guild Portfolio collections on circulation to members.

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